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The Gold Coast Titans under-20s suffered a demoralising loss to the Raiders in Canberra today after losing prop Max Elliott in the first tackle and having to play 80 minutes a man down.

The young Titans were behind only 16-12 until the last play of the first half when the Raiders scored an against-the-run-of-play try and the match changed dramatically.

Two tries in the first four minutes of the second half saw the score shift to 34-12 and while the side showed some character to hit back to 34-18 until the final 15 minutes, the Raiders ran away with the match 46-18.

It was a disappointing performance for a side that had Anthony Colman and Nathan Watts back on the bench and competed well for the first half, but had to play a second game in a row a man down. Elliott suffered concussion.

Right on the break halfback Braydon Torpy elected to chip-kick just inside the Raiders half but his opposing number Lachlan Croker scooped up the ball and ran 50 metres under the posts, then converted for a 22-12 half-time lead.

The Raiders scored just 62 seconds into the second half when Croker scored his third try after a break down the Raiders’ left side and in the set after the kick-off they were in again for the match to quickly slide out of the Titans’ reach at 34-12 – in just five minutes.

Croker ended up scoring 26 points from three tries and seven goals.

It was a pity the under-manned Titans fell away after a solid first half that saw them fight back from 10-0 down after 15 minutes to 16-12.  

Their first try was scored by Karl Lawton. It came off the back of a good hit-up and quick play the ball by co-captain Parahi Wilson, one of his team’s best. Braydon Torpy put Lawton into a bit of space and the five-eighth did the rest with a determined run, beating two defenders and taking another with him as he stretched out to make the line.

The Raiders got away to 16-6 with another try but Wilson scored three minutes before the break. A good scoot and offload at dummy half by Jenan Wedderburn-Parrish gave Lawton some space and he accelerated quickly and pass to Wilson who got to the line strongly. Jed Cartwright’s conversion made it 18-12 and the momentum had moved the Titans’ way.

But then came the heartbreaker right on the break and despite Shane Wright scoring on the left edge after a determined run and offload by Shaun Hudson, and making it 34-18 with 30 minutes remaining, the Raiders regained control in the final 15 minutes.

Canberra Raiders 46 (Croker 3, Pangai Junior, Boyle, Aroha-Tuinauvai, Lee, Ellis tries; Croker 7 goals) def. Gold Coast Titans 18 (Lawton, Wilson, Wright tries; Cartwright 3 goals).


Acknowledgement of Country

Gold Coast Titans proudly acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout South East Queensland.